Six months after Hitler's troops marched into Lodz to the welcoming salutes of German Poles, all the city's Jews were rounded up and either locked up in the slums or shot. After the 'de-Jewing' of Prague, another large contingent of Jews was sent to the Lodz ghetto as slave labour, swelling the population fighting for survival there to 200,000. This chilling photo documentary reconstructs the horrors of the imprisoned, from starvation to separation as many were carted off to concentration camps towards the end of the war, using rare colour and other archive footage and heart-wrenching stills. The commentary is taken from diaries and monographs of the ghetto people, from scrupulously traced documents of the period. Only 800 survived in the ghetto until liberation.
Kathryn Taverna, Alan Adelson
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